Christmas Recruitment Tips

Christmas is quickly approaching. We are all starting to wind down and look forward to some rest and relaxation after all the Covid drama. However, before you pack up for the year there are some recruitment tips you should consider. Christmas recruitment is beneficial for many businesses, especially to have your team trained and ready to go in 2022. Here are some Christmas recruitment tips from The Recruitment Alternative.

Start Early

Santa may have a seasonal business, but many small to medium sized business owners in Australia and New Zealand do not. Planning for next year starts now. Know what new hires you need to make before the New Year so that you can decide if they should start now or next year. If recruiting this year is in your plans, it’s better to start early then waiting to late December.

Look Beyond Experience

It is a competitive candidate market out there. There is a lot of demand but not enough supply so don’t limit your search to candidates with similar work histories. Use scenario-based questions to determine whether they can do what’s needed. Candidates could have transferrable skills sets that with a little training could make them the perfect fit for your business. Just because they haven’t done this exact role before, doesn’t mean they won’t be good at it. You can always train those would an excellent work ethic and attitude.

Review Your Culture

Santa’s elves want to work for him because he is jolly and approachable and there is a positive work environment. The elves never fail to deliver the presents on time for Santa to give to all the children. If your company culture has taken a hit, it may be time to consider the following:

  • Building stronger employee relationships
  • Connect your team with a purpose
  • Have frequent employee recognition
  • Be more transparent and open with your team
  • Allow more autonomy or flexible working arrangements for balance
  • Check in with your team one on one

When you’re interviewing candidates for new roles, they will pick up on the company culture and vibe.

Leave Nothing To Chance

Use The Recruitment Alternative to take all of the hassle out of the recruitment process for you. Our expert team of Recruitment Consultants can find the right candidate for your business at an affordable price. Contact us today on 1300 548 546 (AU) or 0800 587 546 (NZ). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Recruitment Tips For Hiring Managers

Finding the right staff members can be challenging. Especially taking into consideration the specific needs of your department and company culture. Unfortunately, your day job doesn’t go on hold while you recruit. Given the significant costs that can come into play when a new hire goes sideways, a hiring manager needs to ensure that they are fully prepared and are not making a desperate hire. Here are some recruitment tips for hiring managers put together by The Recruitment Alternative to help you find the right fit:

What are you looking for?

Knowing what you are looking for prior to advertising and interviewing is vital. Draft an appropriate position description (PD) with clear information regarding the role requirements, job title, expectations, skills required, any qualifications specified, etc. When writing your job ad, you can take information from this PD but also be sure to highlight the benefits of working with your organisation.

The Interview Process

Being prepared for the interview process is a very important step. Have questions both skills based and behavioural written down in advance and take notes during the interview with each candidate. Know what you’re looking for and predetermine your salary budget. Interviews are a two-way street, candidates are looking at many other employers just as you are looking at other candidates. Prepare yourself to negotiate. Especially if you come across a standout candidate. You wouldn’t want to potentially miss out on a suitable applicant because you hadn’t crunched numbers beforehand.

References and Then What?

While you’re weighing up your options after the interviews, your preferred candidate may also be considering other employers. So, once you’ve made a decision and all the candidate’s references check out, extend your offer as soon as possible to avoid losing them to another opportunity. Decide beforehand how high you’re willing to go with salary. As you enter the final stages of negotiation, consider adding non-monetary perks to sweeten the deal. Work life balance is often what candidates prioritise, so consider how you can highlight this in your offer.

Feeling Busy But Need To Recruit?

As the hiring managers you may still find that you are too busy to recruit. The Recruitment Alternative can help you! With our affordable fixed pricing, we offer a low-cost recruitment solution that can save you serious money, seriously. Operating across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. our highly skilled consultants are ready to find the right fit for your organisation. Contact us on 0800 587 546 today to discuss how we can help save you money and time on your next recruitment campaign.

Looking For Affordable Recruitment?

The Recruitment Alternative is New Zealand’s affordable recruitment agency. We recruit across all job categories at a fraction of existing prices. Join the SME recruitment solution and save a bucket load on your next recruitment campaign. We can take over the whole recruitment campaign, leaving you free to get on with the day to day running of your company. So, are you looking for affordable recruitment without compromising on quality?

Our Value Proposition

  • You no longer have to pay high prices to source great candidates
  • We understand that all businesses essentially want two things from a recruitment agency. The first is great candidates and the second is low cost recruitment We provide both.
  • Low cost recruitment to suit your budget. Wesave our clients over 70% of conventional recruitment
  • Our clients consistently rate us over9 out of 10 for our service levels.
  • We’ve won multiple awards for our budget pricing and outstanding service levels.
  • When looking for affordable recruitment you don’t have to compromise on quality

Why Choose Us?

We can save you time, hassle and stress – We take a thorough job brief and discuss our recruitment strategy with you, so you can be at ease throughout the recruitment campaign. You’re in good hands with us!

Our proven methodologies save you money – Hiring the wrong person can cost SME thousands of dollars. Instead, use The Recruitment Alternatives proven methodologies and you’ll recruit the right person each time.

Partnership approach – We’d like to be a long-term partner in your business growth, we understand the importance of effective recruitment. Our consultants work very hard to understand your company culture to ensure we find the best possible candidate for your organisation.

We offer flexible service – You can choose the service level that’s right for your business. Whether you want The Recruitment Alternative to take over your complete end to end recruitment or just a selection of placements. Whatever you choose, you can be assured that you’re receiving the best service and advice. You campaign manager will be there every step of the way.

What Industries Do We Recruit For?

As a generalist recruitment agency, we recruit across all job categories from junior roles all the way up to senior executive levels. Here are just some of the type of roles we recruit for:

  • IT
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Call Centre and Customer Services
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Sales
  • Legal
  • Health and Fitness
  • Trades and Services
  • Science and Technology
  • And more!

Our Client Feedback

You can tell a lot about any company by what their clients say about them. We have over 220+ positive customer reviews on our website. We also have an 80% client return rate due to our high standard of customer service and low cost flat free rates.

“Thank you very much TRA and look forward to working with you again and we already are. We will be coming to TRA whenever we have recruitment needs. I hope we can keep working with our consultant as well, she is a credit to TRA and a good asset to your business. 100 out of 10!!”

Fiona – Promo Brands P/L

Those who have used our services for the first time always report a positive experience, as seen below:

“The campaign went very well and we appreciate the help of our consultant in finding the right candidate. I’ve never used a recruitment company for recruiting before – I’ve always done the hack work myself, but this certainly saved us a lot of time and made the hiring of our candidate possible during one of the busiest times we’ve known in the business.”

Steve – Apex Display

To read more, head to our ‘testimonials’ page to find out more about what our clients say about us. You won’t be disappointed!

Looking For Affordable Recruitment – What Are Our Prices?

We have a 3-tiered low cost pricing approach, dependent on the salary of the candidate being recruited, CLICK HERE to view our pricing.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide which includes Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc.  We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost pricepoint that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

New Job Market Trends

With all the changes that this year has brought it is no surprise that there are new job market trends to be aware of. There are some industries that are experiencing a great deal of growth at the moment. Keeping up with where the demands are will put you one step ahead of the competition. According to a recent report completed by Seek.com.au, the current top 20 jobs in demand in Australia are as follows:

  1. Nursing
  2. Warehousing, Storage & Distribution
  3. Aged & Disability Support
  4. Automotive Trades
  5. Admin Assistants
  6. Sales Representative/Consultants
  7. Physiotherapy, OT and Rehabilitation
  8. Childcare & Outside School Hours Care
  9. Chefs/Cooks
  10. Retail Assistants
  11. Developers/Programmers
  12. Mining – Engineering & Maintenance
  13. Labourers
  14. Road Transport
  15. Psychology, Counselling & Social Work
  16. Dental
  17. Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services
  18. Plant & Machinery Operators
  19. Business/System Analysts
  20. Mining – Operations

Salary Trends

With all the alterations to the job market, it makes sense that salary trends would also change. When it comes to a salary range, there are many factors that can impact how much money you should be asking for. Such as how long you’ve worked in the industry, qualifications, achievements, demand for skills, etc. Click here to check what salary range you should expect for your current or future job role.

Social Media

During times like these, being active on social media is vital. Stay a part of the conversation that are happening out there. Share insightful though and comment on articles of interest. Especially if they are connected with potential future employers. Join discussion groups, job-seeking groups and community groups to keep in touch with what’s going on around you. It’s a great way to connect with others, network and communicate. You could even start posting your own ideas on platforms such as LinkedIn. You could find yourself being approached if someone reads and likes what you have to say.

The Recruitment Alternative

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page, give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available.

The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Have You Been Made Redundant? Employment Ideas To Get You Back On Track

During the Covid-19 virus pandemic, many people found themselves in the unfortunate position of being made redundant. The employment space is quickly changing and with all these changes it can bring uncertainty and worry. Especially for those seeking a new employment opportunity. The Recruitment Alternative would like to offer some employment ideas and tips to get you back on track after being made redundant.

Review Your Resume

A great place to start is by reviewing your resume. Refresh and refine it with current information and tailor it to each job to apply for. Highlighting how you and your experience make you the right fit for the employment opportunity.

Planning and Routines

After being made redundant, especially if you have worked for the organisation for many years, it may seem like a daunting task to start applying for jobs. Don’t rush into it but instead, make a plan and put a routine in place. For example, you may want to choose 9:30am every day to apply for 10 jobs. It’s important not to just everything for ‘everything’ you see but research the roles and apply for those to which your skills would a match.

Online Short Course

Keep your skills sharp and up to date by completing free or paid online short courses. Many businesses are offering free short courses so why not take advantage of this. Not only will it maintain your currency but will look excellent on your resume. Your new skillset will only stand out and contribute to a future employer.

Interview Practice

With many job interviews (and businesses) now being conducted online, you should take some time to familiarise yourself with a variety of online chat platforms. However more importantly, you should take some time to practice and prepare for an interview. This includes both your written, verbal and non-verbal skills. You may want to check out our blog on ‘Over Coming Interview Nerves’ for more assistance in this area.

As a generalist employment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page , give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available.

The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Accounting Career Tips – Auckland

A career in accounting will have its challenges but also great rewards. Auckland has a competitive job market, so how can you stay ahead of the competition? Here are 5 tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you along your accounting journey.

1. Have A Focus

With many different types of accounting jobs available you need to decide on your area of interest. Some employers offer experience across a range of disciplines within the field but having an idea of the type of career path you’d like to take can give you an edge. Being able to articulate the type of specialisation you think you’d like to do shows that you have drive and passion, have researched the industry, and are looking for a career, not just a job.

2. Get Certified

A great way to secure yourself a position or even enter the field is by standing out from the crowd with impressive certifications. Certificates like the CA (Chartered Accountant) or CPA (Certified Public Accountant) are both not easy to acquire and do require additional courses, however, the long term results can be fruitful. You can also network with Professional Accounting Associations such as CPA Australia, Institute of Public Accountants etc.

3. Be Tech Savvy

In today’s digital age it’s important to keep up with the ever advancing trends within your industry. Experience with particular software or programs could be a deciding factor between you and the competition. Some common software to familiarise yourself with is:

  • MYOB
  • Xero
  • QuickBooks
  • NetSuite

Of course, some firms may have a different in house software but not being foreign to accounting software will only benefit you in the long run.

4. Expand Your Knowledge

Be proactive when it comes to your own learning and development. Research and keep up to date with the latest developments and qualifications within accounting and finance. You want to be able to remain competitive and current. As mentioned above networking can help you stay in the loop.

5. Gain Experience

It would be near impossible for you to jump straight from university to a top accounting firm with no experience in between. Starting to gain some experience during your degree will put you a step ahead. Having experience listed on your resume along with the recent completion of your university degree will surely impress! You can gain experience through internships, small accounting businesses, volunteering etc. This is also where networking can play a huge part, be sure to have an update LinkedIn profile to assist you.

Be sure to check out The Recruitment Alternative’s job board for new employment opportunities. Also, take a look at our job seeker help center for more tips and suggestions to assist you on your job seeking journey.

How To Effectively Work With Recruiters

So you have decided to engage the services of a recruitment agency, what’s next? To get the most effective outcome, here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative:

Be Prepared

Whatever position you are recruiting for, be prepared with all the correct information before speaking with a recruitment agency. Information such as position title, salary range, position description, ideal candidate etc. Also being able to articulate the company culture to assist the recruiter in finding the overall right fit for your business.

Open To Feedback

Recruitment Consultants have a great deal of industry insight which includes job market trends, appropriate salary range, industry tips etc. Being open to feedback and discussion is vital to finding the right candidate. For example, when there are more roles available than people looking for work, you may need to consider being flexible with your offerings. Be prepared to possibly increase the salary on offer. If a candidate is interviewing for a number of positions, employers may offer an increased salary and benefits to secure them. You may also need to be flexible with the years of experience or education levels of the candidates.

Interview Process

Always have your questions ready to go. Remember that there are questions that you are just not allowed to ask. Recruiters are happy to offer advice around this topic if you need it. However, questions about age, marital status, number of children, religion (to name a few) cannot be asked and leave you open to possible legal action.

Whilst the candidate is there to be interviewed by you, they are also deciding if you are an employer that they want to work for. Be professional, positive and on time. Don’t forget really good candidates are usually in a position to choose who they want to work for. So you need to impress them too!

Move Quickly

With candidates having an abundance of jobs to choose from at the moment, they are often interviewing for more than one role at a time. If you interview a candidate and deem them suitable for the role you are looking to fill, it’s advisable to move quickly. Decide whether you would like to offer them the position or continue with the recruitment process. Candidates are often offered a role upon the conclusion of an interview. You do not want to risk losing them to the competition because you have been too busy to get back to them.

How To Choose The Right Agency

In today’s highly competitive candidate driven marketing finding and hiring the ideal candidate can be a challenge. This is why many businesses turn to recruitment agencies such as The Recruitment Alternative. Recruitment agencies can add real value to your business. By providing expert knowledge and contacts to help you find the right staff for your organisation. We understand that all businesses essentially want two things from a recruitment agency. The first is high-quality candidates and the second is low-cost recruitment fees. We provide both! A quality recruiter will add value to the hiring process. Contact us today on 0800 587 546 to find out more about our affordable prices and high standard of customer service.

How To Win The Recruitment Race

There is no doubt that it is a competitive recruitment market at the moment. So how can you be ahead of the competition and find a winning candidate that will give you the best return? Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you take off your ‘blinkers’ and find your ‘front-runner’:

Act Quickly

With candidates having many positions to choose from, how fast you act can often be a key factor in securing the right candidate before they’re snapped up. If your interview process is excessively lengthy, you’re not willing to negotiate and take too long to make a decision your ability to secure top talent may diminish significantly.

If you lack the time and manpower to run a recruitment campaign to its highest standard then you need to outsource this task. The Recruitment Alternative exists to provide low-cost recruitment excellence. We fly in the face of the perception that great service costs a lot of money. Contact us to find out more.

Interview Process

Once you have decided on a shortlist of candidates you would like to interview, along with acting quickly you will need to prepare the right interview questions and communicate clearly. You may want to include questions that are tailored to each candidate’s resume. Here are some suggestions you can adapt to suit each candidate:

  • Open-ended that require more than a ‘yes or no’ answer
  • Behavioral and or hypothetical questions that candidates can relate to. This often will reveal how candidates would respond in real situations the job role will present
  • Check facts – some close-ended questions may be required to confirm information noted on the candidates resume such as dates, length of time etc.

Be Thorough

Don’t be too quick to rush a decision, you still need to consider all criteria to avoid selecting the wrong candidate. Ensure reference checks are completed on your choice applicant as this will form part of your final decision. Especially if you have two candidates who are heading for a ‘photo finish’. Take notes during the interview process so that you can highlight any key points. Take time to picture your top applicant in the role and how they would fit culturally.

We delight in how happy our clients are when they hire a great new staff member and make such great savings. We provide services across New Zealand. As a generalist recruitment agency, we offer affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Auckland Affordable Recruitment

The Recruitment Alternative is Auckland’s affordable recruitment agency. We recruit across all job categories at a fraction of existing prices. Join the SME recruitment solution and save a bucket load on your next recruitment campaign.

Why choose The Recruitment Alternative in Auckland?

We can save you time, hassle and stress – Recruiting staff can be incredibly time-consuming and stressful. It’s not uncommon for business owners to spend hours of manpower recruiting for one role. It is far more cost-effective to get us to do the groundwork for you. We take a thorough job brief and discuss our recruitment strategy with you, so you can be at ease throughout the recruitment campaign. You’re in good hands with us!

Our proven methodologies save you money – Hiring the wrong person can cost SME thousands of dollars. Instead, use The Recruitment Alternatives proven methodologies and you’ll recruit the right person each time. We have fantastic customer service standards, head to our ‘testimonials’ page to read what our clients say about us. You won’t be disappointed.

Partnership approach – We’d like to be a long-term partner in your business growth, we understand the importance of effective recruitment. Not only for the role but also for the culture of your organisation. We will work closely with you and build a relationship of integrity, trust and commitment. Our consultants work very hard to understand your company culture to ensure we find the best possible candidate for your organisation. Having the skills and experience is all good in well, but if they don’t fit the culture there can be problems down the track.

We offer flexible service – You can choose the service level that’s right for your business. Whether you want The Recruitment Alternative to take over your complete end to end recruitment or just a selection of placements. Whatever you choose, you can be assured that you’re receiving the best service and advice. You campaign manager will be there every step of the way.

What industries do we recruit for?

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Here are just some of the various positions/industries we have successful recruited in time and time again:

Administration                                     Sales                                       IT – desk support/consultants/developers

Engineering                                           Marketing                             Graphic Design

Accounting                                            Lawyer                                   Senior Management to Junior positions

Project Management                          Medical Reception              Warehousing – Storeman/picker and packer

Human Resources                               Retail                                      Legal Secretary

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide. So not only in Auckland but Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin etc.  We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

South Islands Affordable Recruitment

South Islands Affordable Recruitment Agency, currently looking for Sales staff. South Islands Affordable Recruitment

The Recruitment Alternative, South Islands Affordable Recruitment Agency are currently recruiting Sales staff – See our Job Board.

We recruit everything from new graduates to high-end senior management roles.

The Recruitment Alternative have recruitment professionals on staff who understand the industry and who also understand the Sales recruitment landscape.

If you’re a BDM Sales Manager or a graduate wanting to build your career it is vital that you stay abreast of all the developments in order to maximise your chances of remaining competitive in the job market. You will find that employers and recruitment agencies are always looking for key sales people who are up to date with their skills and who can demonstrate how they can add value. Once you have secured the interview it’s now time to plan to secure the job.

With any job interview, first impressions are crucial. Before the interview makes sure you research the prospective employer and understand the nature of their business. Do a Google search to find out who their customers are, how and when the company was established and other relevant statistics. Prepare the weekend before your interview by planning your journey to the company. If necessary, do a practise run to get there on time.

Our top 10 tips for interviews:

  • Make sure you arrive on time
  • Always dress appropriately for an interview
  • Know your abilities. What programs have you worked with? Know your previous KPI’s.
  • Do you know what your weaknesses are? Have something ready to discuss if they are this question.
  • Smile and give eye contact. Learn to smile with your tone of voice
  • Remember an interview is an opportunity for you to decide whether the company is right for you as much as it is the other way around. Have some questions ready to ask them.
  • Thank the interviewer/s for their time and shake their hand.
  • Listen and ensure you’re answering the question they have asked!
  • Don’t interrupt or talk over the interviewers and make sure you tell them that you are interested in the job.
  • Before you leave… Ask about the next stage of the interview process.

Good luck